Two members of the Soviet Union's governing body - the Presidium - whose portraits featured in Moscow May Day celebrations - Alexei Kirichenko and Nikolai Selyaev, were relieved of their posts May 4.
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Background: Two members of the Soviet Union's governing body - the Presidium - whose portraits featured in Moscow May Day celebrations - Alexei Kirichenko and Nikolai Selyaev, were relieved of their posts May 4.
Kirichenko was not only a Presidium member but also secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee, from which the Presidium is drawn. Last January he was sent to Rostov-on_Don in the Ukraine, without any explanation, and this move was thought to foreshadow demotion. Fifty-three-year-old Kirichenko was once a close associate of Soviet Premier Khrushchev, whom the succeeded as head of the Ukraine Communist Party in 1953. Some observers believe his outspoken manner alienated him from other Presidium members, especially Deputy Premier Mikoyan. Other Western writers sometimes considered Mr. Kirichenko as Khrushchev's political heir.
Selyaev, an agricultural experts, spent much of discareer in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan, Asiatic Russia, but lost his position as Communist Party chief there after last year's harvest failure. He was made first secretary of Stavropol town Communist Party.
The changes were announced on the eve of an important session of the Presidium in which Mr. Khrushchev outlined Russia's attitude to the forthcoming Summit Conference; no reasons were given for the reshuffle.